Here it is – my long-awaited next instalment of natural oils for black hair! Once again, my apologies for the lengthy wait. Time just seems to fly past and before you know it a few months have passed. So without further delay, here’s some info about some of my favourite natural oils for black hair.
Remember, you can use natural oils in a variety of ways – either as a hot oil treatment or to strengthen your hair before shampooing as a pre-poo treatment. You can massage into the scalp or use throughout the hair to seal in moisture.
While it’s great to use natural oils externally, make sure that your diet is full of these goodies too – just like drinking water to keep it moisturised, healthy hair comes from the inside first.
Grape Seed Oil
As the name suggests, grape seed oil comes from the seeds of grapes. This oil is jam-packed with nutrients and certainly packs a punch for healthy natural hair.It contains more than its fair share of antioxidants, which help protect the hair from environmental damage such as pollution. An important aspect of this oil, if you like to use heat on your hair, is that it helps to protect your strands from damage when you’re styling.
Grape seed oil is reputed to have superior moisturising properties for black hair and for that matter, for any hair type. It’s ideal for fine hair as it is very light and won’t weigh it down or make it feel too greasy. It is easily absorbed, so all the vitamins and minerals contained in this oil will permeate the strands and help give your hair a boost from within. This has the effect of strengthening the hair and helping to prevent breakage.
A combination of vitamin E and linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid, help to strengthen hair from the roots. Vitamin E helps to treat dry hair and is also beneficial for hair growth – so if you’re suffering from excessive shedding or hair loss, grapeseed oil may just be the tonic you need. The linoleic acid helps our hair retain moisture – so for those frizzy haired curlies (including me), regular use of this oil could help tame the frizz. As well as helping to moisturise your hair, it can also deal with dandruff problems – apparently it works a treat when applied to the scalp…
To sum up, grapeseed oil is bit of a hair wonder oil. Apply it to both the scalp and natural hair for growth, moisture, strength, to treat dandruff and help combat frizz. So what you waiting for? I’m gonna buy me a truckload right now – happy hair here I come!
Jojoba oil is quite unique. Other plant oils and butters are triglycerides, meaning that their chemical structure is made up of glycerine but this isn’t the case with jojoba.
In actual fact, jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil at all – technically it’s a wax ether (in other words, a liquid wax). The pure version of the oil, as with all the natural oils, is the most beneficial for natural hair. Unrefined jojoba oil has no smell and has a very light consistency. The good point about this oil is that it tends not to deteriorate over time.
You’ve probably already heard that jojoba oil mimics the natural sebum produced by the sebaceous glands of the scalp. So it seems like an obvious choice to help keep your scalp healthy and your tresses soft.
But that’s not the whole story. This oil can help your scalp to regulate the
production of sebum. A scalp that’s clogged with too much oil is an unhealthy scalp and will not provide the best environment for your hair to thrive. Jojoba has excellent cleansing properties and is often used by naturals to relieve an itchy scalp condition. It can help lift and dissolve dirt on your scalp, making for healthier hair and follicles that are free from trapped grime.
Jojoba oil can combat dry hair as it’s said to help moisturise deep within the strands – it sinks into the cortex to distribute nutrition deep down into your hair. This oil protects against hair breakage and can also help mitigate the effects of environmental damage.
It contains vitamin E, which strengthens the hair and promotes hair growth. There’s also a healthy dose of B complex vitamins, which are essential for hair to grow healthy from the roots.
You can use jojoba and the other oils as a hot-oil treatment or add a little to your conditioner for an extra boost to your hair.
In short, jojoba is a favourite oil for many naturals – myself included. It helps to moisturise and retain moisture, clean, promote hair growth, nourish hair and maintain a healthy scalp.
Let me know how you get on with these oils – I’d love to know if you see any improvement in the health of your hair.
Finally, please lend your support to the Natural Hair Forum UK – this is the space where natural beauties can come together and support each other in their journey to grow healthy natural hair.
Visit the forum for some interesting topics, debate and support. Or join me for the castor oil challenge – I’ve had some great results and you’re welcome to join in!
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